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World’s first thermal battery plant in Andhra Pradesh

The world’s first-ever facility to create thermal batteries will be inaugurated in Andhra Pradesh.  These batteries are based on alternative sources of energy production, and their presence is expected to reduce the dependence on fossil fuels. Through thermal batteries, BEST will look to store energy that can power telecommunications, commercial enterprises, electric vehicles as well as charging systems

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Transport Ministry launches BIMS, Bhoomi Rashi and PFMS linkage portals

The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Nitin Gadkari launched the Bidder Information Management System (BIMS) and Bhoomi Rashi and PFMS linkage portals. These are two IT initiatives of the Road Transport & Highways Ministry that are aimed at expediting pre-construction processes relating to bidding and land acquisition respectively.BIMS is aimed at streamlining the process of pre-qualification of bidders for EPC Mode of contracts for National Highway works with enhanced transparency and objectivity.

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TRAI integrates DND 2.0 & MyCall mobile apps with UMANG Platform

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has announced the integration of the Do Not Disturb (DND) 2.0 and MyCall apps with the Unified Mobile Application for New-Age Governance (UMANG) platform.UMANG provides a single platform for all Indian citizens to access e-Governance services pan-India.TRAI’s MyCall app is designed for crowd-sourced voice call quality

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Lok Sabha passed the SC/ST PoA Amendment Bill, 2018

The Lok Sabha passed the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, 2018, which seeks to overturn a Supreme Court order that struck down the provision for immediate arrest. The Bill will be now passed to the Rajya Sabha. The Bill inserts three sections 18A (1) (a), 18A (1) (b) and 18A (2) in the 1989 Act. Section 18A (1) (a) of the Bill says

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Parliament passes Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2018

The Parliament passed the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2018 which ensures stringent punishment for those convicted of raping girls below 12 years of age. The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2018 stipulates a minimum jail term of 20 years which may go up to life in prison or death sentence for the rape of a girl under 12 years. While perpetrators involved in the gang-rape of a girl below 12 years of age will get life imprisonment or death. In case of rape of a girl below 16 years, the minimum punishment has been

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Defence Minister Launched Defence India Startup Challenge

Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman launched defense India startup challenge in Bengaluru. The highlight of the event was the launch of 11 challenges by MoD now thrown open to provide solutions in the startup ecosystem. The 11 challenges thrown open to the prospective startups include individual protection system with built-in sensors, see-through armor, carbon fiber winding, active

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Virat Kohli tops ICC rankings as best test batsman

India captain Virat Kohli has overtaken Australia’s Steve Smith to become the best test batsman in the world for the first time in his 67-test career, becoming the seventh Indian to reach the top is the first India player since Sachin Tendulkar in June 2011 to lead the rankings and ends Smith’s 32-month spell at the top. Kohli scored 149 not out and 51 in India’s 31-run loss to England in the first test

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President gives assent to bill on fugitive economic offenders

President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to a Bill that will deter fugitive economic offenders from evading the legal process in India and fleeing the country. A fugitive economic offender is an individual against whom warrants for arrest are issued for his involvement in select economic offenses, involving an amount of at least Rs 100 crore or more, and has left India so as to avoid

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